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Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs

Tornado Related Assistance for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

In response to the devastating tornadoes on March 3rd, Governor Lee, as part of his Emergency Declaration, has waived the requirements for proof of residency as part of the Children’s Special Services Program (CSS) application process for eligible evacuees. Furthermore, the CSS program will suspend the income verification process for applicants in Benton, Carroll, Davidson, Gibson, Morgan, Putnam, Smith and Wilson Counties. This suspension will be in affect through May 2, 2020.

For more information on the Governor’s Executive Order 13, click here . For more information on other tornado recovery resources in Tennessee, click here.

Emergency Kit Checklist for Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs.

According to the CDC, every family should have an emergency kit in the event of a disaster or situation that may cause you to be unable to leave your home. This is especially true for families with children with special health care needs. An emergency kit should have everything that your child needs, including medicines, batteries, medical supplies, etc. Please follow this link to ensure that your family is prepared in case of a disaster, loss of electricity and any event that would make you unable to leave your house for a few days.

Coronavirus Information for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

The Tennessee Department of Health is committed to keeping you and your family informed on the latest news around the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  COVID-19 information changes quickly, so be sure to check the Tennessee Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites regularly for the latest news.

To help protect you and your family from coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control recommends the following:

Take steps to protect yourself

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick, such as children and youth with special health care needs.

Take steps to protect others

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • After you sneeze or cough wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (like sharing a room or car) and before you enter a doctor’s office or hospital. If you can’t wear a facemask then cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask).
  • Clean and disinfect
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

For more information on how to protect yourself and others, please visit the CDC website.

For information on COVID-19 and children and families with children and youth with special health care needs, see the links below:


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